Operation Playground

Current Projects

Judy Herder Memorial Pumptrack Project - Coming Soon!
The Foundation is currently fundraising to purchase a pumptrack which will be named after a former Foundation Board member Judy Herder.  Judy was a member of the Operation Playground board for 17 of years and was instrumental in making numerous park projects happen in Frankfort. The track creates a community environment by bridging the generation gap between parents, small children and adolescents. The track is constructed of composite material and will wind around a 200 foot course.  Its maintenance free and because it’s not constructed of dirt, it's clean and aesthetically pleasing.

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The cost of the track is estimated to be $55,000 plus additional costs for site work.  Currently the Park District is giving consideration to putting the track at Indian Boundary Park as the location is close to Old Plank Trail and would allow residents and trail users to enjoy the track. Numerous fundraising projects are being planned by Operation Playground.

To donate to the Pumptrack project, please click on the link below or submit the form. Operation_Playground_Foundation_PumpTrack_Pamphlet_REV.pdf
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Completed Projects and Events

ation Playground goes Ga-ga!
Tuesday, June 10, 2015 Commissioners Park 
OP has  gone Ga-ga!  If you're not familiar, Ga-ga is a variant of dodgeball.  The game combines dodging, striking, running and jumping with the object of hitting opponents with a ball below the knee while avoiding being hit.  It can be played by groups of individual players, teams and in one-on-one matches.  Operation Playground purchased the Ga-ga pit and had it installed just in time for summer!  In the picture below, you'll see some youngsters in day camp learning how to play. 

Ribbon-Cutting and Tournament - New 3-on-3 Basketball Courts

Saturday, May 17, 2015 Main Park
Operation Playground was proud to fund the construction of new 3-on-3 basketball courts located in Main Park.  The ribbon-cutting took place May 17, 2014, at 9:30 am followed by 3-on-3 tournaments.  More than 50 people attended, including children enrolled in local youth basketball programs.

Pictured in the ribbon cutting are John Reilly – Park District Commissioner, Jaclyn Schedin – Park District Commissioner, Brian Feehery – Park District Commissioner, Tom Carstens, Park District Executive Director, Larry Caracciolo – Park District Commissioner, Tom Barz – President/Park District Commissioners, Phil Simmons – President of Operation Playground, Dave McDonald – Operation Playground Board Member, Dale Sink – Operation Playground Board Member, Amy Newkirk – Operation Playground Board Member.

Operation Playground Donates $1,000 to Lincolnway Special Recreation Association 
 February 11, 2014
"This is the second year in a row we have made a donation and plan to keep the tradition going" said Simmons. "100% of Operation Playground's fundraising efforts go directly back into the community to improve and enhance Frankfort parks and programs."  Tami Pareti, Recreation Specialist, stated, "the donation comes at a good time as many of our athletes will be participating in the upcoming Special Olympic State Basketball Tournaments in Bloomington and the donation will help cover upcoming costs."

Operation Playground presents check to Lincolnway Special Recreation Association.
Pictured above are Phil Simmons, President, Operation Playground; Keith Wallace, Executive Director, Lincolnway Special Recreation Association; student athlete Allison Leehaug accepting the check; and Tami Pareti, Recreation Specialist, Lincolnway Special Recreation Association.

Operation Playground Donates 100 Trees to Frankfort Park District
In the fall of 2012, Operation Playground arranged the purchase of 100 trees from Possibility Place Nursery and donated them to the Frankfort Park District. In collaboration with the Park District, two planting dates were scheduled to get all the trees planted, Oct. 13, 2012 and Nov 3, 2012. Trees were planted in Commissioners, Main, Michele Bingham and Janssen Parks. Volunteers from Operation Playground, the Park District, Frankfort Boy Scout Troop #000, the Lincolnway Environmental Action Club and the National Honor Society helped with the plantings.  


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